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The summer concert series at Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park gets underway Saturday, June 9, with a total of six concerts.

The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. on the lawn at Waikiki Beach in the park at 244 Robert Gray Drive, Ilwaco.

The schedule

• June 9: Wamba; traditional African music, jazz, funk, reggae and calypso.

• June 23: Great American Trainwreck; Seattle-based five-piece ensemble with roots n Americana, Southern rock, country, jam and bluegrass.

• July 14: Brownsmead Flats; a Northern Oregon band that fuses folk, bluegrss and Columbia-Pacific geography into a one-of-a-kind musical genre they call "Crabgrass."

• July 28: Resolectrics; a blend of rock, rhythm and blues and folk with bluesy riffs and swampy grooves.

• Aug. 11: Champagne Sunday; labeled "Pearl Jam meets Bette Midler," the married musical duo blends grunge and pop/rock with musical theater.

• Aug. 25: Moe Bowstern and Paper Eclipse puppet Company; Astoria Fisher Poet Moe Bowstern shares poetry and presents a shadow puppet performance on the life cycle of the Chinook salmon; appropriate for all audiences.

From Waikiki Beach, which is technically on the Columbia River, concertgoers can take in views of the Pacific Ocean. The concert series takes place in an outdoor amphitheater with limited seating. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating, blankets and insect repellent.

A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the concerts, unless participants are already camped in the park. The exceptions are the June 9 and Aug. 25 concerts, which occur on state parks "free" day.s

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